These Autumn school holidays will be very different to last year’s! It’s a lovely time of year to get out and about – not too hot, not too cold. Here are some ideas to keep everyone busy.
1. First stop: check out the Hills District Mums website. There are HEAPS of ideas and suggestions for things to do that will keep everyone entertained!
2. If you need a helping hand with care over the break, there are stacks of camps and classes on in and around the Hills, for all types of interests. Here’s a list. Book soon as they fill up.
3. Castle Towers’ Bun of Fun Pass! The Bundle of Fun Pass is back and can help you entertain the whole family! From striking out at bowling to catching the latest flicks on the big screen, the Bundle of Fun Pass puts you in the driver’s seat, with access to all FOUR great entertainment attractions – Holey Moley, Event Cinemas, iPlay & Strike Bowling plus more! Save a huge $34 on Kids Passes and $47 on Adults Passes! Click here for full details & to book: https://bit.ly/3fql80y
4. Go for a bush walk in the Hills! There are a few lovely walks right on our doorstep. Check them out here.
5. Play mini golf at Dural Putt Putt. Get competitive on the two themed courses – Camelot and Space Trek. It’s a lovely outdoor course surrounded by gardens and you can then take a break and refuel at the small onsite cafe! Open every day during the school holidays, from 9am – 6pm. There’s a family special – two adults and two children can play 18 holes for $45 or they can all play 36 holes for $60. duralputtputt.com.au
6. Several local shopping centres have some free holiday fun on!
- North Rocks Shopping Centre – Week 1: eco pot decorating & seedling planting. Week 2: join the art studio
- Seven Hills Plaza – Week 1: mini golf. Week 2: get an airbrush tattoo!
- Castle Towers – mini beasts are in centre!
- Stanhope Village – Week 1: finger licking fun on Sweet Street. Week 2: Craft Corner.
7. Visit Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park. From 1 – 30 April 2021, 4 kids get in for FREE with every full-paying adult at Featherdale! Get hands-on with Sydney’s best Aussie wildlife experience. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, pat a koala for free and enjoy getting up close with the world’s largest collection of Australian animals! More info here: featherdale.com.au/schoolholidays
8. Make autumn sun catchers. If you’re looking for a simple and fun craft activity that’s cheap as chips, uses those leftover 14 rolls of contact from covering books and gets you outside in the Autumn sunshine, this is it! Details here
9. Spend the day at Fairfield Adventure Park. This epic playground was designed specifically with older kids in mind, but it certainly doesn’t leave out smaller kids! There’s something for everyone! It’s about 40 minutes from Castle Hill and well worth a visit. Read more about it here.
10. Have a paper plane competition. Google different methods of making planes and see which one goes the furthest.
11. Make some puppets and put on a puppet show. A quick Google and you’ll find lots of ideas.
12. Strike Bowling & Holey Moley Golf’s family deal. Strike Bowling & Holey Moley at Castle Towers have fun sorted these holidays! Every day before 5pm, a family of four can play a game of bowling or putt 9 holes of golf for $50. Book here.
13. Visit Berry Island Reserve. About half an hour’s drive from the Hills, Berry Island Reserve is a beautiful spot to visit for a day trip or picnic. There’s lots of space, harbour views, a playground and a short bush walk. Find out more here.
14. Visit The Centre’s inflatables. Inflatable fun is back at The Centre in Dural! And there’s an onsite cafe too! Winning. Find out more details and costs here.
14. Taronga Zoomobile is visiting Pennant Hills Community Centre on Thursday 15 April, 10am to 11am. This exciting visit from the Taronga Zoomobile brings the zoo to you at Hornsby Shire Libraries. Children will be able to have face to face experiences with wonderful and unique animals such as the Black Headed Python, the Echidna and the Bearded Dragon. Ages 5 plus.
15. Go for a bike or scooter ride. One of the great things that has happened during COVID-19 lock down is that more kids are out on their bikes! Here’s a list of places in the Hills for your kids to ride their bike or scooter.
16. Head out for the day to the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden in Centennial Park. If you haven’t been before, it’s well worth the trip from the Hills to the East! Find out more here.
17. Check out what’s on at your local library – there are often great holiday activities happening!
18. Visit Fagan Park for the day. We love this park! Find out why here.
19. Have dinner out as a treat for the kids and a break for mum! Kids eat dinner free at Castle Hill RSL Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with every main meal purchased to the value of $17 for members or $19 for visitors! AND it includes school holidays! AND kids meals come with free ice cream! More info & menu here.
20. Check out the cool events being run in Parramatta!
Parramatta Nights Open Air Cinema. From 1 April to 18 April. Prince Alfred Square. (There are some kid friendly options)
Parramatta Nights: Roller Rink. From 1 April to 18 April. Prince Alfred Square.
21. Learning in the Hills has a whole heap of workshops on these school holidays at Balcombe Heights Estate in Baulkham Hills.
- Puppet workshop. Tuesday 13 April 2021. 9.30am to 10.30am.
- Open Craft Workshop. Tuesday 13 April, Thursday 15 April and Friday 16 April. 10am to 11.30am. Free. Create rock pets, necklace making (fruit loops), collage craft.
- Kids African Drumming Workshop. Tuesday 13 April. 12.30pm to 1.30pm. $5.
- Canvas Painting for Kids. Wednesday 14 April. 9.30am to 11.30am. Best for ages 5 to 14 years. $5.
- Buttercream Frosting Workshop. Wednesday 14 April. 12.30pm to 2.30pm. $5.
- Science Colour and Fizz Workshop. Thursday 15 April. 10.30am to 11.30am. Best for ages 4 to 13 years. $5.
- Mad About Science – Harry Potter. Thursday 15 April. 12pm to 11pm. Best for ages 4 to 13 years. $5.
22. Check out the Hills District Mums Activity Library. If you have a child under the age of 5 years old, our library of suggestions will keep your child busy and engaged. Perfect for school holidays, rainy days, stay at home days and days where you just can’t work out what to do with them! Kids up to the age of 10 might enjoy most of these activities too. Click here.